The South Alabama Jaguars put together an impressive season, finishing 10-3 in the Sun Belt but ultimately falling 44-23 in the New Orleans Bowl. Two NFL Draft prospects have declared for the Draft and are now looking to move on from South Alabama and find new homes on NFL rosters. Here are the scouting reports for Darrell Luter Jr. and Jalen Wayne
South Alabama 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Darrell Luter Jr., CB
Strengths: Underrated cornerback who doesn’t back down from a challenge. Quick pedaling in reverse, fluid flipping his hips, and loses nothing in transition. Mixes it up with opponents throughout the route, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, and has a nice move to the ball.
Disciplined with assignments in zone coverage and is very effective facing the action. Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant, effectively times pass breakups, and works to get a hand in and knock the ball away. Gives effort against the run, breaks down well, and wraps up ball handlers.
Weaknesses: Slow getting his head back around to track the pass in the air. Not always quick diagnosing the action.
Overall: Luter possesses next-level measurables and ball skills, and he was rarely challenged at the college level. He’s a Day 3 pick with enough ability to develop into a nickel back on Sundays.
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Jalen Wayne, WR
Strengths: Nice-sized receiver who was productive for South Alabama over the past three seasons. Plays with balance and body control, displays terrific eye/hand coordination, and is very reliable. Solid on underneath routes and uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the pass.
Fluid, tracks the deep pass in the air, and adjusts to make the reception in stride. Extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Gets vertical to high-point the ball over defenders. Stout, takes a big hit, and holds onto the throw. Gives effort blocking downfield.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t show much burst. Not a downfield threat. Must expand his route tree.
Overall: Wayne is a reliable receiver who is best running underneath routes and fits the mold of possession wideout. He would do well in a timing offense at the next level.
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